Writer: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Jules Nurrish (Screenplay)
Starring: Geraldine Chaplin, Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena, Charlotte Atkinson, Lara Rossi, Trevor White, David Verdaguer
Plot: Two women, Eva and Kat, and the best friend of one of them, Roger. A boat in the canals of London and a question: Is it possible to live love, family, and life in such different ways and yet remain united?
Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes
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Verdict: Authentic Look at Love
Story: Anchor and Hope starts as we meet our couple Eva (Chaplin) and Kat (Tena) who live in a boat on the canals of London, they are at a crossroads in their lives and their relationship as they are figuring out the next steps, Kat’s friend Roger (Verdaguer) joins them as the life questions get asked.
When Eva manages to convince Kat they should have a baby, the couple get Roger to be their sperm donor and now they must prepare for a future with a potential baby even if their methods are not the most medically actuate.
Thoughts on Anchor and Hope
Characters – Eva is one half of the couple, she wants to have her own child and is pushing her girlfriend to consider starting a family, she doesn’t want to follow the normal and keep her free spirit identity. Kat is the partner who is enjoying the life of just the two of them, not wanting to start a family, but will make that sacrifice for the one she loves. The two have great chemistry and you do believe their relationship. Roger is the old friend of Kat that joins them in, he becomes the choice to be the sperm donor and stays around to make sure they couple get what they want.
Performances – Oona Chaplin and Natalia Tena are both fantastic in the lead roles, they show us great chemistry between them, they hit the emotional range they must go through during the film and make us believe we are watching two-real people. David Verdaguer is good too through the film.
Story – The story here follows a young lesbian couple and their friend who are trying to just enjoy life while escaping responsibilities, making big life decisions and being happy. We follow a stage of their life as they prepare to make a big decision which will test them more than ever. The story makes us feel like we watching a real relationship with real decisions being made which is always refreshing. My only negative is left wondering just how they live this sort of life in the first place, we don’t get any sort of indication that they have jobs or anything.
Comedy/Romance – The comedy in this film works for the most part, we have moments or enjoyment that will get a laugh or two from the audience, the romance shows us just how difficult relationships can be for anyone involved.
Settings – The film is set in and around the canals in London, what makes the settings feel completely natural is how the scenes are shot with what seems like natural everyday life going on behind them.
Final Thoughts – This is a beautiful story of love between two people that need to learn to grow together for one of the biggest decisions of their life.
Overall: Love story that feels real.
Writer: Marc Lawrence (Screenplay)
Starring: Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote, JK Simmons, Chris Elliott, Allison Janney
Plot: An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there.
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Verdict: Solid Romantic Comedy
Story: The Rewrite starts as Oscar-Winning screenwriter Keith Michaels (Grant) has been struggling to get his new ideas to sale, in need of money he travels across the country to Binghampton to work as a teacher at a university teaching screenwriting.
Arriving in the dead-end town Keith instantly wants to get away but his charm helps him make an impact with the fellow teacher’s Dr Leaner (Simmons), Jim Harper (Elliott) and his rival Professor Weldon (Janney).
Keith doesn’t want to do much teaching early on because he believes you can’t teach the skills but he soon learns to love guiding his students including Karen (Heathcote) and elder student Holly (Tomei) as he learns and finds inspiration for his own writing woes.
Thoughts on The Rewrite
Characters/Performance – Keith Michaels is a down on his luck screenwriter whose can’t find any work in Hollywood and must take a teaching job, this job gives Keith the chance to refocus on his own life, career and learn from his mistakes, Keith is self-centred character that evolves as the story unfolds. Holly is the elder student wanting to improve herself, she offers the friendship Keith needs as she has a different worldly experience. Karen is the student that Keith starts dating and ends up learning the hard way how she can get what she wants. Dr Learner, Professor Weldon and Jim Harper all offer us up different kinds of teachers you would find in a university.
Performance wise, Hugh Grant gives the performance he is known for, slightly smug full of himself but he does this so well. Marisa Tomei is good in her role to showing how she can be a glimmer of light in any role she plays. The rest of the cast are all good with their roles with the students all being unique and elder cast members all being good mix for Hugh Grant performance.
Story – The story focuses on one man that has lost his spark creatively and must turn to teaching and he goes on a journey to discover how he can help guide the next generation of screenwriters. This shows us how people can always teach and learn from life and guide people. This is an enjoyable story to follow.
Comedy/Romance – The comedy comes with plenty of references to movies but isn’t a laugh a minute. The romance side of the film is what mostly gets Keith into trouble and ends up not working the way it should do.
Final Thoughts – This is a true Hugh Grant rom com, he plays the character we know and love to watch in a new setting with the same results. This is enjoyable though because we do get to learn life lessons.
Overall: Solid and enjoyable story to learn from.